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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Spotlight Turns Toward Virtual Ed. Accountability | Education Week

Spotlight Turns Toward Virtual Ed. Accountability | Education Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"In its annual Technology Counts report, Education Week assesses virtual education to be at a "critical juncture." The popularity of online education continues to rise as students, parents, and educators embrace its flexibility, multi-media, and personalized aspects. School districts are now building their own virtual programs, making district-based efforts the fastest-growing model for this form of education. But as e-learning moves further into the K-12 mainstream, it is also attracting closer scrutiny from educators, policymakers, researchers, and the media, prompting questions about its effectiveness. Even proponents concede the movement needs better accountability measures.

 

The overall report examines the growth of district-based programs designed with more local control, and tracks state legislative efforts to expand online education and evaluate its efficacy. It also covers accountability questions surrounding virtual education providers, particularly for-profit companies, and issues related to the financial sustainability of state-sponsored e-schools. The report deems accountability to be the upcoming challenge for online-education providers, whether for-profit, state-sponsored, virtual charters, or district-based online learning initiatives. All must determine what is not working, and implement measures to address those problems.

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3 tips for TED speakers (and other talkers) | Daniel Pink

3 tips for TED speakers (and other talkers) | Daniel Pink | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

In his books A Whole New Mind, and now Drive, Dan Pink has proven to be a perceptive and clear thinker about modern trends. In this piece, he focuses on effective presentations with 3 key tips:

1. Prepare...but not too much.

2. Say something important.

3. Say it like yourself.

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Shelfster - Capture information from everywhere and create useful documents.

Shelfster - Capture information from everywhere and create useful documents. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"If you like physical shelves for storing books, DVDs, and other items, you'll probably enjoy the digital equivalent for storing documents, photos and the like: Shelfster. This application can be used to capture just about anything from any medium, including photos, spreadsheets, charts, and documents. Users will find that Shelfster can be used to bookmark websites, save images from the web, clip and move text blocks, and also record audio (with a smartphone device). This version is compatible with all operating systems as well as iPhones, iPads, and Android devices."

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Take control of any screen that has a browser with your smartphone

Take control of any screen that has a browser with your smartphone | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

This is awesome. Any screen that has a browser (internet enabled...phone, computer, tv, etc.) can be synced to your iPhone or Android phone and, poof! The phone becomes a remote control to select, play, and operate any video on the slave device.

 

Control Kahn Academy videos from across the room. As great as this is, just think of where it's going to go in a few months!

 

Oh, and it's free. -JL

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Teaching Language Arts Using 1:1 Technology | The Inspired Classroom

Teaching Language Arts Using 1:1 Technology | The Inspired Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Mark Pullen offers useful suggestions on how to employ 1:1 tech in teaching Language Arts:

 

*For Reading: ebooks enable students to easily find definitions, search for a word or phrase, locate character descriptions, and access included links (in newer ebooks. Reading can become more collaborative as well, using sites such as Scribulus or OpenMargin.

 

*For Writing: using Google Docs for collaboration or peer editing and writing for a global audience. -JL

 

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Happy 5th Birthday, TED Talks: 5 All-Time Favorite Talks

Happy 5th Birthday, TED Talks: 5 All-Time Favorite Talks | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

In honor of TED Talks' 5th anniversary in June 2011, Maria Popova, one of my favorite curators, selects and explains why she picked, her 5 favorite TED videos. The 5th anniversary commemorates the 5 years of placing the talks online and coincides with there being 1000 videos online. Don't miss Popova's all-time favorite - Elizabeth Gilbert on genius. -JL

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E-learning tools and resources for schools and education - Mind Map

E-learning tools and resources for schools and education - Mind Map | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"This is a collection of useful web . and social media applications for anyone in education. I have tried them all and I have seen the potential in them. Now it is up to you and your imagination to use them in your teaching or when studying!"


Via Frédéric DEBAILLEUL, Laurent Blanquer, Juergen Wagner, Louise Robinson-Lay
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What I Wish I Had Known about Student Motivation

What I Wish I Had Known about Student Motivation | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Brian Goodwin

 

"Years later, while digging into research on student motivation, I realized what I had gotten wrong. Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck has shown that telling students they are smart actually lowers their motivation and achievement. In an experiment, Dweck and her colleagues treated two groups of students quite differently. They consistently praised one group for its ability, saying things like, “Wow. You got eight right; you must be really smart.” They praised the second group for effort: “Wow. You got eight right; you must have worked really hard.”

 

"The students hearing continual praise for their ability developed a “fixed-mindset” and came to believe that achievement or “smarts” was innate, not developed through effort. Consequently, they began to avoid challenging tasks, fearing that if they tried and failed, they no longer would appear smart. On the other hand, 90 percent of the students hearing praise for their effort took on more challenging tasks and found they actually enjoyed the work."

 

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25 Free Resources from Discovery Education – DEN Blog Network

25 Free Resources from Discovery Education – DEN Blog Network | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

A wide variety of links, briefly described, for educatiors.

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Global Initiative Seeks to Transform Schools By Teaching Empathy - Education - GOOD

Global Initiative Seeks to Transform Schools By Teaching Empathy - Education - GOOD | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Strong academic skills aren't enough to guarantee success for 21st-century students. Now, one group is looking to broaden what our children are taught. Ashoka Changemakers, a nonprofit that provides tools and resources to help people improve their communities, is looking for entries for "Activating Empathy," a competition seeking to spotlight and support smart ideas, programs, and learning models that build students' abilities to collaborate and communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, and respect multiple perspectives.

 

"Ideas submitted to the contest can be in any stage of development—from a proposal in need of seed money to an established program looking to expand—and can target a wide range of topics: "encouraging social and emotional development; unlocking new ways of viewing problems; championing children as real-world problem solvers rather than simply bystanders," or something else. Entries will be accepted through March 30."

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Edu-pinning: Pinterest in Education

Edu-pinning: Pinterest in Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Erin Paynter

 

"In the past few weeks, the uses of Pinterest in the field of education have come zooming to the forefront of the online edu-chatter (see this post by Eric Sheninger). After checking it out and watching for a while, I began pinning and following other pinners and/or their boards. I have seen teachers use it to display ideas regarding classroom organization and management, lesson plan ideas and assessment tools. Lately I’ve begun following fellow administrators as they share everything from inspirational leadership quotes, to videos, to web 2.0 tools for educators, social media and infographics.

 

"What I like most about Pinterest is that you can follow individual boards rather than everything a pinner posts. This is great because many pinners are combining professional resources with personal ones. In other words, I can follow a colleague’s board on leadership in education, but not the one they’ve created for remodeling their kitchen or their upcoming wedding.

 

"These are six pinners from the field of education and leadership that I think have boards worth following"

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6 Best Free Pinterest Pinning Tools

6 Best Free Pinterest Pinning Tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Ann Smarty

 

"I won’t talk strategy here: it’s been covered very well in numerous blog posts you can’t have missed (even if you wanted to):

 

Here are a few brands that get Pinterest;

Here’s an excellent tip on creating your social media resume with Pinterest;

And here’s an infographic that explains why Pinterest might be a game changer.

(links to these on original webpage; click photo above-JL)

So let’s not discuss the strategy, let’s list some tools (I love tools!)"

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TechLearning: 21st Century Student Handbook: Teaching Today’s Web-Centric Kids

TechLearning: 21st Century Student Handbook: Teaching Today’s Web-Centric Kids | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By James Careless

 

"Lots of schools are talking about the importance of preparing their students for an increasingly inter-connected, Web-centric world. Here are some districts that are “doing” it. Some of their advice may be able to help the reader avoid mistakes."

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New Webinars and PLCs from edWeb.net

New Webinars and PLCs from edWeb.net | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Great list of free webinars coming up and in the archive of edWeb.net. Find compelling presentations on Mathematics, Reading Strategies across all grades and levels, iPads, Assessment of student tech projects, Gaming, Asperger's, and much more. -JL

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A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning | Edutopia

A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning | Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Discover the tools and techniques today's teachers and classrooms are using to prepare students for tomorrow -- and how you can get involved. What should collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking look like in a modern classroom? How can parents help educators accomplish their goals? We hope this guide helps bring more parents into the conversation about improving education."

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Searching Google: 38 tips to get better results - Pocket-lint

Searching Google: 38 tips to get better results - Pocket-lint | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Recently passing the 1 billion user mark, Google has come a long way since it was first founded back in 1998 and has become a byword for internet searches. But, beyond chucking a couple of words into the main search box, do you really know how to get the best out of it? We've done some research and put together a few tips on how to get Google to do even more of the work for you."

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The Blues, Storytelling and Science | The Inspired Classroom

The Blues, Storytelling and Science | The Inspired Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Peterson writes about an interdisciplinary unit she conducted combining science study of Land and Water with blues songs about life on the Mississippi River - extracting rich narratives from the songs' lyrics. Pictures and music included. -JL

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New High-Quality Free Fonts | Smashing Magazine

New High-Quality Free Fonts | Smashing Magazine | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

 "Every now and then, we look around, select fresh free high-quality fonts and present them to you in a brief overview. The choice is enormous, so the time you need to find them is usually time you should be investing in your projects. We search for them and find them so that you don’t have to.

 

"In this selection, we’re pleased to present Tondu, Banda, Morning Glory, Matilde, Bohema, Weston Round Slab, Highlands, Cabin, Linden Hill and other fonts. Please note that while most fonts are available for commercial projects, some are for personal use only and are clearly marked as such in their descriptions. Also, please read the licensing agreements carefully before using the fonts; they may change from time to time."

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CristinaSkyBox: Leaping into Online Publishing

CristinaSkyBox: Leaping into Online Publishing | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Ana Christina Pratas describes 4 interesting web platforms designed to facilitate publishing work in different formats:

Carbonmade

Booktype

Magnt

Youblisher

 

-JL

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The Google Apps Mail Merge Solution You've Been Looking For | EdReach

The Google Apps Mail Merge Solution You've Been Looking For | EdReach | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Henry Thiele

 

"As we gather more data using Google Forms and Spreadsheets there are a lot of questions out there about how we can reformat and share this data in a more consumable understandable way. In the last couple of months the Maine 207 technology team of Mark Ordonez and Janice Cacciatore and Hank Thiele have tackled this issue on several projects and as a result have created a reproducible Google Script that takes the information off a spreadsheet and ultimately creates a unique document that can be shared with anyone."

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Google Docs Integration is Now Available | Edmodo – Safe Social Networking for Schools

Google Docs Integration is Now Available | Edmodo – Safe Social Networking for Schools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Today we’re please to announce that Google Docs has been integrated into Edmodo. This highly requested feature allows you to sync your Google Docs with your Edmodo Library so you can easily access and share your Google Docs with your Edmodo groups."

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How to Remotely Wipe a Mac

How to Remotely Wipe a Mac | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"In an extreme situation, say a Mac is lost or stolen, you can remotely wipe the Mac of all its data and contents with the help of iCloud. Remotely wiping a Mac goes a step further though and not only removes all data from the computer, but locks it down so that it’s unusable without a set passcode, plus displays a message you provide. This is excellent anti-theft protection, and even if you never end up using it, it’s good to know how to do."

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The Academies at New Milford High School

Eric Sheninger has emerged as a significant educational leader in recent years. As principal of New Milford HS in New Jersey, he has championed social media and 21st century skills as the keystones of the school's continuing transformation.

 

In Fall 2011, NMHS launched 3 academies as a kind of schools within a school -- not a new concept by any means. But read this brochure and see the nuanced ways so many elements have been built into this academy concept: badges, elevation of the status of teaching, seamless technology integration, personalization, performance assessment, and more.

 

A wonderful example of problem identification followed by creative problem solving. Without a clear analysis of what issues needed to be addressed, a prescription for change this powerful could never have been put together.

 

Great work. -JL

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The 50+ Best Ways to Curate and Share Your Favorite Social Media and News Content

The 50+ Best Ways to Curate and Share Your Favorite Social Media and News Content | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Chris McConnell

 

"More recently I’ve discovered some great new tools to read and share my favorite content which I’ve included here in this list. Whether you are a person who just likes to stay on top of the latest news, a blogger like me who needs a way to organize the vast amount of information that comes my way or a person who just enjoys sharing what they find with others you’ll love this list. Tech-savvy readers may know of some of these tools already but I’m guessing there’s plenty of new sites and services here for you to discover. I actually discovered quite of few of these links by checking my blog analytics — turns out many DailyTekk readers knew about some of these great items before I did!"

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Flat Classroom 15

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By Julie Lindsay and Vicki A. Davis

 

"Fifteen challenges to help you embed your learning and move into global collaboration.

 

"We learn best in small pieces and with immediate action. The book and Flat Classroom fifteen are designed to work together to let you learn and do. We don't want you nervous, so we've put titles here and when you'll do the challenge along with a link to the chapter's page on this website.

 

"You are a product of your habits. Make an appointment with yourself twice a week to learn and act on what you've learned and here is a way to start. Remember, when you complete a challenge to let us know on Twitter and tag it #flatclass. If you don't have a blog of your own, join us on the Flat Classroom PLC or anywhere you choose, each challenge has its own tag to use in your pln or on our network to link with other people who have completed the challenge.

 

"This is an exciting way to learn. Join us.

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